New Foes Surface in Colts' Division June 5, 2010

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Friday, July 02, 2010 9:51 PM
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Upsets in two divisions of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) at the Meadowlands on June 4 added to the growing list of colts showing promise on the "trail." In $28,000 divisions, a pair of colts with qualifiers and only a single race at three defeated huge favorites.

First it was Muscles Massive, who at 11-1 would not surrender the lead as top-choices Temple Of Doom and Break The Bank K rolled home second and third, respectively. He hails from the Jimmy Takter barn. 
                         Muscle Massive
                                Muscle Massive & Ron Pierce
Then it was Trond Smedshammer’s Priority Photo, who at 25-1 shot for the lead early and then sat saving ground in second behind public-choice Take My Picture until the stretch. Then Trond drove "Photo" out of the pocket and "Picture" was nailed again at the wire.

Flex The Muscle, also heavily bet, was flat down the stretch as Ray Schnittker took him from a second-over trip to the middle of the racetrack with nothing left but to finish fourth. Rap’s Legacy, who was showing much promise coming into this event, didn’t fire and Senor Glide was, as we predicted, laggard.

At The Meadows on the afternoon of June 4, colts went in three Currier & Ives splits worth $50,000 each. Hard Livin stayed flat again and raced well to win while the only other Hambo-eligible in the race, Can’t Lose, broke in the stretch and finished sixth.

In another split, the four classic-eligibles, Upandover Hanover, Money Man K, Chimon and Texas Ridge, were off the board as a filly that is not in the Hambo picture anywhere, beat the boys. Levi’s Lady was 5-2 against them.

Baximum found the winners’ circle in the third division as the favorite, with the other Hambo hopefuls following: On The Tab (who broke last week, helping Can’t Lose to win) was second and Kash’s Caviar took third.

The previous day in Pennsylvania, 29-1 Ruffles took a broad step toward the "Oaks" by coming in second, defeating the other eligible, Ally-gal Ridge. Jesse’s Messenger, who is not staked to the Oaks, won.

A strong performance came from Christina Hanover at 5-1 in another $40,000 "Currier" for the gals. First Sonata and Silver Ridge were off the board and have a lot of work to do to see the light of the big August day. The third split’s Oaks-possible filly was also dull; Andovermetreasure was sixth.

But Boinga was all out at the Meadowlands in June 3’s NJSS for the gals. The other eligibles in the field were way behind as Boinga once again displayed her prowess in the division. It is currently matched only by the efforts of Southwind Samurai, though some are confident that Poof She’s Gone, waiting for more action in Canada, will still emerge as a mighty Oaks contender.

Ipo Blue Chip, at 15-1, was second in another NJSS chapter, to a non-Oaks campaigner, with Religulous finishing third and four more out of the money.

Bar Slide made her way into the contenders’ list with a win in the nightcap. The whole field consisted of hopefuls. Keystone Tabby was second, Power Of Motion was third at 39-1, followed by Jettalady, Reviewer, Yansky and Cathywithac.

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